The case pertaining to the prominent Malayalam female actor, who was abducted and allegedly raped in February this year, appears to be getting murkier with each passing day.
The Kerala police arrested two persons late on Sunday evening for their alleged involvement in helping the prime accused Pulsar Suni in jail.
Edappally native Vishnu and Pathanamthitta native Sanal were arrested and later remanded to judicial custody, on charges of conspiracy and helping Suni.
According to reports, the duo were Suni's former co-prisoners and once they were out on parole, they helped Suni get access to a mobile phone.
Reports say that Vishnu hid a mobile phone on the sole of a newly-bought shoe and handed it over to Suni when he met the prime accused in jail recently. It is with this mobile phone, that Suni is believed to have made calls to Dileep's manager demanding money to not name Dileep in the case.
Vishnu has reportedly confessed this to the police during questioning.
The alleged involvement of actor Dileep in the abduction has been raised in the past. Several media reports had indicated that Dileep and the woman actor were not in good terms and pointed to his hand in the crime. However, the actor has categorically rubbished such reports and claimed that his rivals and the media were trying to defame him.
Dileep had on April 20 approached the then DGP of the state, complaining that he had received a call from Vishnu demanding a sum of Rs 1.5 crore for not spilling the beans about his involvement.
However, media reports state that the recent arrest of Vishnu and Sanal is not related to the complaint filed by actor Dileep.
On Monday morning, Dileep took to Facebook to allege that various media organisations were deliberately defaming him.
"I have not done harm to anyone knowingly. And now for the past few months, there are deliberate efforts to defame and destroy my career. There are efforts to alienate my fans from me and fill hatred against me in their minds," Dileep wrote.
Stating that he was innocent, Dileep said that he was even ready to undergo a lie detection test to prove his innocence.
On the night of February 17, the female actor was traveling in an SUV from Kochi to Thrissur, when the seven accused, including her driver Martin, abducted and allegedly raped her. Following this, the actor filed a complaint with the police and an FIR was filed under various sections including IPC 376 (rape), 366 (kidnapping a woman), 506 (criminal intimidation) and other relevant sections of the IT Act.